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OX Delivers, an e-mobility transport service company based in the UK, has received a £1.2 million ($1.5 million) grant from Energy Catalyst, an Innovate UK programme, to help it roll out all-electric OX4 trucks in Rwanda and expand in the global South. It intends to build the OX4 truck in March 2024 and deliver it for assembly in local markets.
As of end of Dec 2023, the off-grid energy access rate was 21.4 per cent of all Rwandan households with access to electricity. Households far away from the planned national grid coverage were encouraged to use alternatively cheaper connections such as mini-grids and solar photovoltaics (PVs).
This funding round was spearheaded by the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) and saw participation from notable investors such as Acumen and the Hard Edged Hope Fund. Other prominent investors included Beyond Capital Ventures, TotalEnergies, Societe Petrolieres du Rwanda, Alphamundi VC, and EIF.
On Jan 11, the Lower Chamber of Parliament approved a law ratifying a $300 million (approx. Rwf380 billion) financing agreement meant to fund a sustainable and eco-friendly energy project in the country. The funding would increase electricity access, strengthen transmission networks and expand clean cooking solutions, without the use of firewood.
The company intends to allocate the equity funds to hasten product development, while both debt and equity funds will be directed towards enlarging Ampersand’s battery swap network. This expansion is vital for catering to the demand from African delivery and taxi motorcycle riders aiming to switch from conventional fuel to electric motorcycles.
Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia are among four countries selected as pilots of a new World Bank clean energy programme that is set to benefit at least 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. World Bank Group President Banga announced the $15 billion project during the International Development Association’s (IDA) mid-term review meeting.
The Rwandan government has partnered with Ignite Power, a provider of solar-based solutions, to connect schools in the country to the internet and solar power. This initiative will leverage Ignite’s new product, LinX, featuring solar-based satellite terminals, ensuring, the company says, superior, sustainable and affordable internet access.
As part of phasing out the use of fossil fuels in the agriculture sector and coping with drought, more 1,050 hectares will be added to the small-scale irrigation scheme using solar power next year, Jerome Hitayezu, Head of the Irrigation Programme at Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), told The New Times.
Rwanda’s journey to embed 60% renewable energy into its power grid by 2030 exemplifies its dedication to sustainable energy. This goal reflects a wider movement towards eco-friendly power sources. Encouraged by Uruguay’s impressive accomplishment of reaching 98% dependence on renewable energy, Rwanda could aim for even more ambitious targets.
Rwanda’s journey to embed 60% renewable energy into its power grid by 2030 exemplifies its dedication to sustainable energy. This goal reflects a wider movement towards eco-friendly power sources. Encouraged by Uruguay’s impressive accomplishment of reaching 98% dependence on renewable energy, Rwanda could aim for even more ambitious targets.

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